COWBOY NINJA VIKING Lands Marc Forster As Director

The adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel is moving along as it now has a director attached to the project. More details after the jump.

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By Mark Julian - 2/28/2012


I'll admit, a title like Cowboy Ninja Viking sends the 13-yr old kid in me into a frenzy. Forster, best known for Quantum of Solace, Monsters Ball, and Machine Gun Preacher definitely brings some credibility to the project. Upon looking at the premise, it seems the story tells the tale of schizophrenics who are sent through a government assassin program and emerges with the skills of...you guessed it, a cowboy, a ninja and a viking. Reportedly, the idea is to turn the Image Comic property into a franchise.

Originally, the rights were with Disney, however the film was deemed too "edgy" and the rights ended up with Universal Pictures. Deadline notes that, "This is the second time that Universal has gotten a Disney-developed fast tracked project that was based on a graphic novel. Universal is about to start production on Oblivion, the Joseph Kosinski-directed post apocalyptic thriller that stars Tom Cruise. Like Cowboy Ninja Viking, Disney let it go and was reimbursed its development costs."

The script has been written by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Forster is currently shooting World War Z with Brad Pitt.








Cowboy Ninja Viking is a Image Comics comic book created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. The series debuted in 2009, released through Image Comics' partner studio Shadowline.

The series revolves around a counter-intelligence unit of Multiple Personality Disorder patients, formed by psychotherapist Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, who are transformed into agents known as Triplets (referring to the three different personalities inside their minds). After the unit falls apart its various members are turned into hired killers. Duncan, a Triplet who channels the skills of a Cowboy, Ninja, and Viking, is sent to find and stop the rogue Triplets.









Source: Deadline
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Gmoney84 - 2/28/2012, 1:24 PM
Word! This sounds pretty boss. I'm interested.
Sortis - 2/28/2012, 1:28 PM
...I'm good, i'll save my money.
headlopper - 2/28/2012, 1:29 PM
I'm waiting for 'A**hole Jerko** Muthafu**er'.

Should be killer... especially in 3-D.
crazyray - 2/28/2012, 1:30 PM
...and schizophrenia is TOTALLY different from Multiple Personality Disorder... which is REALLY called Dissociative Identity Disorder. Psych lesson over. Bam.
MarkJulian - 2/28/2012, 1:35 PM
Yawn. Come up with some new material Gusticus!
MassExecutions - 2/28/2012, 1:43 PM
All the Indian Pirate Franks had better watch out!

I'm sorry, I mean Native American Pirate Franks.
OdinsBeard - 2/28/2012, 1:49 PM
this is going to be a tricky one. hopefully they pull of his split personality in a unique way!
PaulRom - 2/28/2012, 1:49 PM
Sounds pretty cool. May check it out.
P862010 - 2/28/2012, 2:02 PM
they better change the title

cowboys and aliens title threw people off
GUNSMITH - 2/28/2012, 2:14 PM
OK I THOUGHT THE TITLE WAS FUNNY. BUT LET'S SEE WHERE IT GOES?
davidzuck - 2/28/2012, 2:28 PM
Cuz Cowboy's and Aliens worked out so well...
Ranger14 - 2/28/2012, 2:38 PM
Disney was wise in letting this one go. I don't get why studios pursue these small niche film projects. It will never appeal to a large market segment. CBM fans will watch and that is about it, unless they go for a large-draw actor. If it hadn't been for the casting in Cowboys & Aliens it would have been a bigger flop than it was.
MarkJulian - 2/28/2012, 2:39 PM
No, I think the god awful movie bit through people off.
HelaGood - 2/28/2012, 3:06 PM
i think you mean "TOO edgy"
Bandrews1 - 2/28/2012, 4:42 PM
I came across several times at my comic book shop, but I never purchased an issue and I wished I have because this sounds interesting.
BlazinTexan - 2/28/2012, 6:49 PM
hate to be like grif but this is gonna bomb.
deadpoolstaco - 2/28/2012, 6:59 PM
comic sounds interesting...feel like i need to read it before i can say whether it would be a good adaptation
felixxx - 2/28/2012, 7:08 PM
Comic is great. He was part a program that was trying to combine a person with the traits of histories best warriors. His personalities are all addicted to different pills and arguing with each other all the time, it has some funny parts. The cowboy and viking personalities always want to drink and get hookers. Im surprised Disney even looked at it, its pretty graphic at times which should be assumed beins his personalities are of violent killers.
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/29/2012, 5:30 AM
Plot sounds cool.

Marc Forster and Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese sounds like a great team up.

The title could be better thou.
Solitario - 2/29/2012, 7:18 AM

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